The History of Standup

10 EpisodesProduced by Wayne Federman & Andrew Steven / The Podglomerate

Comedian Wayne Federman teaches Andrew Steven about the history of standup in a casual, conversational history class, looking over some of comedy’s most interesting moments. From Vaudeville to Netflix, we look back at the evolution of standup comedy.

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The History of Standup — Season 01 Trailer

August 28th, 2018

Join comedian Wayne Federman and Andrew Steven for The History of Standup, a look back at some of comedy’s most interesting moments. Full episodes …

Ep. 01: In One, Television, and the Birth of Standup

September 18th, 2018

Television and standup have been intertwined since their conception. Which is why, when two historic television programs debuted just days apart in …

Ep. 02: Records and Clubs

September 25th, 2018

The comedy albums of the 1960’s ushered in a new era of standup, eventually leading to the the worlds first comedy clubs opening their doors, helping drive the standup comedy boom of the ’80s. This is episode 2 of a …

Ep. 03: Carson, SNL, and HBO

October 2nd, 2018

In the 1970s a successful appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” was the goal of every young standup, as was epitomized one night in …

Ep. 04: The 1980’s Comedy Boom

October 9th, 2018

A fast and unexpected proliferation of comedy clubs cover the country. Long Island natives Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld ascend to legendary status …

Ep. 05: Alt Comedy and Def Comedy

October 16th, 2018

As the comedy club boom goes bust, standups adapt to this new reality. A DIY ethic emerges and spreads from coast to coast as more and more comedians …

Ep. 06: Boom 2.0

October 23rd, 2018

Social media provides new ways for standups to communicate directly with their fans, comedy content is democratized, Netflix floods the market, and a new comedy boom explodes that is even bigger than the last one. This …

Live with Demetri Martin and Ian Abramson (Bonus Episode)

November 20th, 2018

Recorded Live at Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth in Los Angeles, Wayne and Andrew join comedians Ian Abramson and Demetri Martin for a special live episode of The History of Standup.

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Jimmy Pardo and the History of Comedy Podcasts (Bonus Episode)

January 22nd, 2019

Earlier in the season (episode 6) we spoke with Never Not Funny podcast host Jimmy Pardo about podcasting's influence on the standup comedy scene. …

Judd Apatow meets Totie Fields (Bonus Episode)

April 2nd, 2019

One of the exciting things about making The History of Standup has been discovering relationships that connect standup over generations. On this episode we hear how Judd Apatow was influenced by the raucous‐voiced …
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